Reviewed by Kat
TITLE: Sunset at Pencarrow
SERIES: World of Love | New Zealand
AUTHORS: Lou Sylvre & Anne Barwell
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 129 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 7, 2017
Kiwi Nathaniel Dunn is in a fighting mood, but how does a man fight Wellington’s famous fog? In the last year, Nate’s lost his longtime lover to boredom and his ten-year job to the economy. Now he’s found a golden opportunity for employment where he can even use his artistic talent, but to get the job, he has to get to Christchurch today. Heavy fog means no flight, and the ticket agent is ignoring him to fawn over a beautiful but annoying, overly polite American man.
Rusty Beaumont can deal with a canceled flight, but the pushy Kiwi at the ticket counter is making it difficult for him to stay cool. The guy rubs him all the wrong ways despite his sexy working-man look, which Rusty notices even though he’s not looking for a man to replace the fiancé who died two years ago. Yet when they’re forced to share a table at the crowded airport café, Nate reveals the kind heart behind his grumpy façade. An earthquake, sex in the bush, and visits from Nate’s belligerent ex turn a day of sightseeing into a slippery slope that just might land them in love.
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I have grown quite fond of the World of Love series. These delightful stories take us on trips all over the world. But this precious gem by these two wonderful authors was even more than I expected!
Nate Dunn is having a rough go of it. His “forever love” dumped him for being boring. His job has run out and now an unending fog has upended his hopes for a bright new future. So maybe he is a bit brash and grumpy but he deserves it. When his path keeps crossing with the handsome American, Rusty Beaumont, he feels the need to apologize and try to make it right for being so cross with him and the world. Then he does the unthinkable and invites the man back to his place when it is obvious that the fog won’t be lifting and he needs somewhere besides the airport to sleep. “Sunset at Pencarrow” is the story of these two men taking advantage of the situation to show Rusty the beauty of New Zealand.
Both Nate and Rusty have quite a bit of baggage and are very tight lipped about it. They have both been dealt some pretty tough blows. Nate’s ex is aptly described as an “arse” and it fits perfectly. I believe that he was a bit of a bully and then he finally realized that he let a great guy get away, which is just fine with me! Rusty and his fiancé survived serving abroad in the war but a freak accident left Rusty behind and alone. Both men thought that they were with their “forever mate” but it turns out forever isn’t always forever.
When the men finally started to learn to trust a bit and share themselves they hooked my heart completely! I held my breath many times hoping they would finally just talk. But the pace was perfect. Knowing that they were on a limited time makes for some brash decisions at times and they were just what this reader hoped for.
I have read quite a few books based in New Zealand and it is on my bucket list of places I want to visit. It sounds just like a dream to me. Beautiful and surrounded by the sea…my favorite place to be. These two authors described it with such vivid detail that I was swept up into the story and felt like I was there.
I read that this is the first time that these two gifted authors worked together and I hope it isn’t the last. Their story ebbed and flowed perfectly, just like the sea the men gazed upon. Although there was an epilogue I would love to hear where Nate and Rusty’s story goes next…hint, hint, hint! Wonderful story with a fabulous look at New Zealand. I highly recommend this wonderful book!